|Choosing the right materials to suit your tastes and your home's surroundings, is one the most important parts of the design process. The selections that follow are the most popular and common materials for the Southwest region. Please don't feel limited to the selections listed here; many people have requested other types of wood or surface materials. We want you to be happy with the choices you make.
Cedar is above all, a wood of exceptional beauty. In its natural, unfinished state, it has a richly textured, tactile grain combined with a palette of warm, mellow tones ranging from light amber to deep honey brown. No man-made material can duplicate the depth of cedar's natural luster. It also remains subtly aromatic, and the characteristic fragrance of cedar adds another dimension to its universal appeal. The presence and prestige of cedar enhances structures of any type or design.
Cedar contains natural oils that act as preservatives to help the wood resist insect attack and decay. Cedar is also a dimensionally stable wood that lies flat and stays straight. Properly finished and maintained, Cedar ages gracefully and endures for many years. Cedar is the preferred material for all outdoor applications that seek visual harmony with the landscape combined with stability and durability. From siding and patio decking to fences, planters, screens, shelters and garden furniture. Indoors, cedar's dimensional stability makes it perfectly suited. Cedar should be preservative treated if intended for use in applications where it comes in contact with the ground. Beauty aside, the purely practical, dollars-and-cents value of cedar offers tremendous benefits and durable quality.
Redwood's natural beauty and performance characteristics make it ideal for a wide variety of architectural projects. There is an ideal grade, grain, seasoning and pattern for every project. Natural beauty is integral to every piece of redwood lumber. Redwood beauty is typified by rich cinnamon-colored heartwood, cream-colored sapwood, distinctive grain and performance that keep projects looking good for years. Redwood offers a broad array of appearances giving choices in color, visual texture and scale.
Natural stability is the key to Redwood's long-lasting performance. Redwood out-performs many other woods because it shrinks less. This means redwood is less likely to warp, cup, check and pop nails. Stability and little or no pitch content also help redwood hold finishes better. Redwood's stability is a guarantee of long-lasting beauty. The top quality architectural grades of redwood can be ordered "Certified Kiln Dried" which means they will exhibit little or no additional shrinkage in use. Redwood provides resistance to decay from fungus and damage from insect attack. No other wood provides the complete performance of redwood. Beauty, stability, durability, finish retention, and workability ensure that redwood projects look better than others when they are new and after they have aged.
Trex Wood-Polymer lumber brings together some of the best properties of wood and plastic. Compared to conventional decking lumber, Trex decking offers much more outstanding durability without preservatives or sealants, workability that wood can't match, and an elegant natural coloring that stays looking great year after year. The Ultimate Easy-Care Decking Material! Structures using composite lumber like Trex decking have been standing up to the toughest environments for over ten years. Trex decking is made from reclaimed & recycled materials. There are two "ingredients" in Trex decking - waste wood fiber and reclaimed plastics, such as grocery sacks and stretch film. How can these materials work together? The Plastics provide low moisture absorption, chemical and pest resistance. Wood fiber benefits include increased stiffness, UV protection, all the workability of the best grades of lumber. The combination of wood and plastic in Trex decking means it can stand up to anything Mother Nature dishes out.
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